Heron In Winter Coat

I had a dentist appointment in Vancouver yesterday and since I wasn’t sure that I wasn’t going to have to cancel it because of our cold spell, I didn’t arrange my usual lunch with Vancouver friends.
Luckily it was a sunny day and I got to spend more time than usual at the Ridgefield Wildlife Refuge.

As I entered I was greeted by a Great Blue Heron standing guard near the entrance. It seemed to be soaking in the sunshine, though it was definitely dressed in its winter coat.

Heron On Ice

If it had been me, though, I think I would have chosen to stand where the next heron was rather than on the ice:

Heron In Snow

I couldn’t help but notice that all of the herons I saw could have been the same one, except for the fact that there was so many of them that more than one was often visible at the same time.

I worried about what they might be eating since the water was frozen solid, but I quit worrying when I saw this one out in the middle of a field catch a mouse and swallow it quicker than I could focus my camera.

Heron In Snow

When I started checking my photos I realized that no matter where they were, almost every Great Blue Heron I saw was standing in the exact same pose, sunning themselves.

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